Fashion Fix – Tips on What to Wear to a Music Festival in Ireland

What to Wear to a Music Festival in Ireland

You just can’t beat the potential of a music festival in Ireland – it can become one of the best experiences of your life. A happy memory maker. Choose a genre, and you’ll find a music festival to match your taste. From traditional Irish music, to progressive house. For one day only, or for a full weekend. In a field, or on the grounds of a Manor House.

What to Wear to a Music Festival in Ireland - Chilling Out in the Sun

And although there’ll always be a 50/50 chance it’ll rain, because after all it is Ireland. There’s a saying by renowned fell walker Alfred Wainwright you should heed that goes “There’s no such thing as bad weather, only unsuitable clothing.” So with that in mind here are my ‘Tips on What to Wear to a Music Festival in Ireland

  1. Wear whatever you like.
  2. Bring a hands-free bag.
  3. Don’t wear sandals.
  4. Do wear sunscreen.
  5. Don’t wear valuable accessories.
  6. Be prepared for rain.

1. Wear Whatever You Like

Dress up as Batman or a Fairy Princess. Who cares if every Tom, Dick and Mary is wearing cut-off denim shorts and flowers in their hair. If it makes you happy, do it. Fashion faux pas who? You do you. But ALWAYS take into consideration that you will be using a portaloo throughout the day or weekend. So that toe touching dress might reek after a few visits. And those straps that seemed to open easily, will never open easily after you’ve been queuing for twenty minutes doing the pee-dance.

My Festival Pick:


This gifted Monsoon Sarita Tie Front Midi Dress (RRP £60) from will be one of my top choices for festivals this year. It’s light, airy and made from 100% cotton so it has a good chance of staying fresh. Plus it fits my sustainable fashion ethos because it’s from the Monsoon S.E.W. Collection. This means it’s certified eco-friendly “which champions sustainable fabric and supports both people and planet”. I can wear it as is, or with leggings or jeans underneath.

2. Bring a Hands-Free Bag

Go for a small sized bag that won’t infringe on your dancing, drinking, eating and clambering up to the front of the stage. All it’ll really need to carry is money, tissues, maybe some makeup and your phone. Try a cross-body bag, a mini-backpack, a bumbag or, my latest favourite a Dust + Rock Wrist Pocket.

My Festival Pick:


This gifted Columba Wrist Pocket (RRP €30) is from Irish brand Dust + Rock. Designed in Waterford in Ireland by Susan Furniss-Radley, founder of Dust + Rock, the goal of the Wrist Pocket is to “empower women with freedom, so they can spend more time focusing on living their story“. And believe me these little beaut’s certainly do that. I’ve worn mine everyday since I received it two weeks ago. On hikes, to the shops, on the preschool run, you name it. It’s comfortable, stylish and has enough space to home your phone, house key, pack of tissues, an eyeliner, and lipstick along with your cash and/or card. So absolutely perfect for a festival! And if security is your thing, Dust + Rock also stock ‘Anti Theft Sleeves‘ for your banks cards for €5 for a pack of two. Clever.

3. Don’t Wear Sandals

I’ve worn every type of footwear to festivals in the past. From Converse, to bright red hairy snow boots. But I highly recommend you don’t wear sandals. Yes they go with your outfit, and I know they’re comfy. But unless you’ve got a thing for having your toes crushed, and the bodily fluids of hundreds of people between your little piggies (portaloos people, portaloos) then I would save yourself from blackened feet and just wear shoes, trainers or boots. And keep your sandals for when you’re back in your tent for those two hours sleep a night.

My Festival Pick:

What to Wear to a Music Festival in Ireland - Fashionworld Chelsea Boot

These gifted Chelsea Ankle Boots in Tan (RRP £50) from are perfect for a festival. They’re comfy, so I can wear them all day long.  They go with just about every style of clothing, from dresses to shorts. Chelsea boots are actually quite timeless. And so with a good clean après festival – they’ll be worn again, and again. Did I mention sustainable fashion?

4. Do Wear Sunscreen

What to Wear to a Music Festival in Ireland - Sunscreen

I remember years ago chatting to a work colleague who eventually became a good friend about a festival weekend I’d been to. She knew I’d been because I had arrived to work the following Monday or Tuesday looking like a human lobster. Don’t be a human lobster. Wear sunscreen. Protect your skin. Especially if you are drinking alcohol because there’s proof your skin is more vulnerable to sun damage when you do indulge in a tipple or three.

My Festival Advice:

If you are boozing and it’s sunny. Keep hydrated. Wear at least a factor 30. Remember that most good moisturisers and make-up foundations have a built-in SPF of 15. Roll-on suncreens are usually mess-free. If you have skin that is prone to sunburning consider carrying sunscreen in a small bag so you can reapply when you feel the need.

5. Don’t Wear Valuable Accessories

What to Wear to a Music Festival in Ireland - Accessories

Yes it’s tempting to wear your favourite earrings, sunglasses and hat. But if they are of value to you either for sentimental or money reasons. Unless you plan on having a very relaxed, alcohol free festival – leave them at home. Because you’ll lose one of your earrings in your tent forever. Your sunglasses will be left in one of the aforementioned portaloos. And your hat will end up on someone else’s head by the end of the first night. I’ve been there and done it all. And so I have learnt my lesson the hard way.

My Festival Advice:

Try keep accessories to a minimum. Or consider items that are easy to store away in a small bag or a pocket. The hands-free bag solution is worth considering.

6. Be Prepared for Rain

What to Wear to a Music Festival in Ireland - Rainy Weather

Unless there’s a heatwave, be prepared for rain. But don’t let it dampen your day or weekend. In fact the best thing to do is embrace it.

My Festival Picks:

If you have a fold-away rain mac, bring it along. Clear ones are a great choice if you want to show off your outfit underneath. Rain Ponchos are handy as they can be worn over backpacks and cross over bags. If it’s predicted to be torrential, pack your wellies.


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